at&t and verizon, and watches over the government's information networks. lawrence zelvin, the center's director, says the president's order will make it easier to combat cyber threats. >> the attacks should be measured in seconds, not days. the attacks are ever present and ongoing, and as i said, there's a variety of motivations-- criminal, nation-state, malicious, humorous. the attacks are happening in seconds. the challenge is to be able to understand it all, to put that context to it, and then being able to alert people and help them solve it. >> suarez: yet, even before president obama officially announced his plan, opposition was mounting. in january, the u.s. chamber of commerce issued a statement saying it "believes that executive action is unnecessary and opposes the expansion or creation of new regulatory regimes." and last august, senate republicans helped kill the most comprehensive cyber-security bill to date, arguing it would've imposed too great a regulatory burden on business.